The Libertarian hostility towards undocumented workers in an example of an obsession with national security. According to Libertarians, people are crossing the border from Mexico to steal hard-earned American tax dollars by using our non-existent social services . This ties in with the Myth of Government Spending. Like all fascist supporters, the Libertarians are accomplishing the opposite of their stated goals. Thanks to their obsession with national security, Libertarians are making America more of a police state. Governments do not build fences across their borders to keep foreigners out. Fences are built to keep their citizens in. Yet, Libertarians seem to sleep better knowing that armed Homeland Security Guards are safeguarding their tax money. It never occurs to them that those guards could be pointing their guns at them someday soon.
Libertarians either don’t realize or don’t care that their obsession with national security is neither reasonable nor Constitutional. It is not even in the Federalist Papers. This is a purely fascist phenomenon which undermines the very freedoms which Libertarians claim to be defending. Please note that the fence across Mexico prevents individuals from crossing the border, but not corporations. Corporations can send their factories and jobs across the border to Mexico without hindrance. Corporations can send finished products across the border into the United States. It is the corporations and outsourcing which are destroying the American Economy, not undocumented workers. Yet undocumented workers are the target for all Libertarian hostility, while corporations are supposed to be regulated by the mysterious force known as Market Place. The hostility towards undocumented workers is just another example of Libertarians protecting corporate power.
Another parallel between Libertarians and the old German Nazi party are the numerous and ridiculous conspiracy theories. Hitler had the International Jewish Conspiracy. The Libertarians have Sept. 11th. Had George W. Bush done his job, Sept. 11th would never have happened. The Towers fell and American citizens died due to incompetence in the highest office in the land. Yet the Libertarians see conspiracies in the entire event. Bush was allegedly in league with bin Laden, even though bin Laden belongs to a Saudi faction that wants the Saudi throne for themselves. The Mossad is secretly pulling Bush’s strings, even though the U.S totally dominates and controls the Israeli economy. There is no difference between Sept. 11th conspiracy theories and the Nazi conspiracy theories. Both are designed to protect corporate power.
Even the United Nations is seen as a dark threat against the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The idea of working with other nations to establish minimum standards of living and human rights frightens Libertarians. They see it as establishing a single world government. A world government will eliminate war, poverty, and tyranny if its a government of the people. Libertarians will fight a world government based on human rights but will defend the New American Century while crying against it. In other words, Libertarians will defend the corporations in establishing their rule, but consider attempts to limit corporate power as a threat to freedom.
Even the Libertarian resistance to the Iraq war and the invasion of Afghanistan is based on an obsession with national security. Libertarians agree that the war is wrong because it does not do enough to protect them from their pretended enemies, whom they see slipping through our borders every minute. The Libertarian obsession with terrorists reminds me of John Birch Society obsession with communists and minorities. It all comes from the same source, the Goldwater conservatism of the nineteen sixties, which also gave birth to the Born Again Christians and the Neocons.
The Libertarian obsession with national security may prove to be the greatest danger to American freedoms ever seen. It may be a greater danger than the McCarthyism of the nineteen fifties, as it presents the government and respect for the real Constitution as the true “enemy”. The most frightening thing about it is that Libertarians totally ignore the corporate role in the Sept. 11th attack. They fail to notice that most oil corporations had their headquarters in the Twin Towers. It would never occur to them that Sept. 11th may have been the result of the corporate support of dictatorships in oil producing countries.
As shown by the Minutemen, Libertarians use scapegoating as a unifying principle. Contrasting American Libertarians with German National Socialists, there were many more scapegoats than just Jews. Disabled people were the first victims of Nazi genocide. The corporations were looking towards milking the national coffers for scheckel they could get. The Nazis preached that Jews, socialists, intellectuals, and disabled people were threats to German principles, and Brown Shirts would beat them up in the streets of Berlin. The disabled were quietly murdered and cremated in a chilling prequel to Auschwitz. That way the money that went to care for the disabled could be sucked up by the corporations.
Libertarians are not beating people up in the streets yet, but they are getting close with the Minutemen. Undocumented workers are being presented as the cause of all economic woes. Mexican migrants are accused of stealing American jobs. They are also accused of stealing American tax money through social services. As I mentioned in my last post, the low wages that undocumented farm workers earn make produce grown by small farms competitive. If the small farmer had to pay minimum wage, he would have to sell his produce at a higher price than produce imported from Mexico. Not being able to make a living, the small farmer would have to sell out to a corporation. The myth of government spending is also an excuse to oppress undocumented workers. Fear of money being drained from the non-existent government mattress is used as an excuse to disregard the 14th amendment.
Threats against undocumented workers create a dangerous undercurrent of violence in the Libertarian movement. Libertarians feel free to invoke their Second Amendment rights to defend themselves against the “migrant threat”, while ignoring constitutional guarantees of due process and legal protection for everybody. Violence is proposed as the answer to other problems than simply undocumented workers. A Libertarian on another blog recommends shooting somebody over the theft of a sandwich. With this sort of mentality, it’s only a matter of time before the Minutemen work themselves into actual violence against undocumented workers and other scapegoats
Once the violence begins, other minorities will also be targeted. We can look forward to threats and violence against anybody who does not conform to the Libertarian version of American values. Through the Protestant Work Ethic, poor people are seen as inferior and targets for Libertarian bile. Disabled people are seen as objects of charity and not as actual individuals with contributions to be made. Disabled people have already become verbal targets for demanding their Constitutional rights through the courts. African Americans have been verbal targets for years, and Libertarians now use Martin Luther King as a ventriloquist puppet just as they use Tom Jefferson.
There is a strong current of bullying and preying on the weak in Libertarian philosophy. Essentially it is the philosophy of the school yard bully. Disagreements with the majority are simply not allowed. Rather than argue, Libertarians deride opposition. They shout down rather than speak. “Do you think government can do a better job?” is a common intimidation tactic. Another tactic is referencing grade school anti-socialist propaganda. When all else fails they appeal to the Founding Fathers like Christianoids appealing to the Bible.
The purpose of Libertarianism is to manipulate society for corporate advantage. Corporations want workers who will obey, not workers who will think. Peer pressure makes a workforce that is ready to follow company policy without question. This is why there is such an anti-intellectual current amongst Libertarians. This is why there is always the threat of violence. Scapegoating assures the corporations employees who will not stop and consider their own needs and wants. To do so would be unAmerican.
There is no branch of the Libertarian Party that shows its true fascist colors better than the Minutemen. That they are tolerated within the ranks of the Libertarians is proof that the Libertarians have absolutely no respect or regard for the Constitution they claim to be defending. The Minutemen are the Libertarian version of the Nazi Brown Shirts. Rather than tormenting Jews, the American Fascists are tormenting undocumented workers. Their actions vary from posting bizarre paranoid articles on the Internet to threats of actual violence and bodily harm to Mexican immigrants; documented and undocumented alike.
Claiming 2nd Amendment rights, The Minutemen are armed and claim that they are a legal and well regulated militia. They are not legal. Minutemen exist in defiance of the 14th Amendment.
Everybody within the borders of the United States has the same legal protections. Undocumented workers have the same rights to legal protection for their lives and property as American citizens. Undocumented workers have the same rights of due process and a jury of their peers. So far, the Minutemen have contented themselves with blowing off a lot of hot air. They do some counter protesting, or they swill beer in their yards while watching the border. So far there has been no violence. Once the Minutemen harm an undocumented worker, they will prove themselves to be an illegal organization and should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
The Minuteman are a perfect illustration of the mindless nationalism which dominates the entire Libertarian movement. It is reminiscent of Nazi Aryan superiority. To the Libertarians, only American citizens have the right to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. Apparently Constitutional rights are so rare that there are not enough to share with guests. The very name “Minutemen” brings to mind the Revolutionary War and Paul Revere’s famous ride. It is a chilling reminder of the Brown Shirt’s association with the Teutonic Knights and the Vikings. The Minutemen evoke mythic history to confront their make-believe danger.
Indeed, undocumented workers pose no danger to either the American economy or the tax payer’s money. Undocumented workers take jobs that the average Libertarian spits upon, and the undocumented worker’s role in agriculture is the only thing that keeps the small farmer competitive with the agromonopolies. In a healthy economy, the cost of medical and social services are easily absorbed through the intelligent investment of our tax money. True, right now we do not have a healthy economy. Thanks to the Neocons and their Libertarian lap-dogs, we have a very sick economy. Still, that is no excuse for ignoring the 14th Amendment.
This brings us to the Libertarian disdain for human rights. Just like the Nazi Brown Shirts, the Minutemen exist only to deny rights to a minority. In this specific case, to a brown skinned Spanish speaking minority. You might notice that the Minutemen are not that active at the Canadian border, even though we do get our share of undocumented Canadians. I have not heard of the Minutemen protesting the undocumented Irish in San Francisco. The Minutemen are simply an expression of economic white elitism that is one of the cornerstones of the Libertarian movement.
In my next post I will be describing scapegoating in Libertarianism, and then we will return to the subject of the Minutemen.
Fellow Camp Followers, are you as outraged as I am? Some bean counter at the election board is trying to tell me that Paris Hilton cannot run for president because Paris is too young? Can you believe that? Can you believe the outright audacity of it? This is blatant age discrimination against us dirty old men. How dare they tell mature white male voters that we cannot vote for the candidate of our choice. What is this, Soviet Russia where the state tells us who to vote for?
To make things worse, you will never guess what excuse they used to block Paris’s candidacy? They had the nerve to tell me that Paris cannot run because of the Constitution! Who cares about the Constitution? It’s just a piece of paper, people. I mean, who pays attention to it anymore? Who the hell cares that the Constitution says that you have to be 35 in order to be president? By the time Paris is 35, she won’t be worth voting for. We want Paris now!
The worst of it is the hypocrisy. Right now we have a president in the White House who was not elected through Constitutional means. Nobody kicked Bush out into the gutters of Pennsylvania Avenue just because he cheated in the election. Nobody stops Bush when he gives billions of dollars to Sun Young Moon through his faith based initiatives. Nobody has stopped the government from denying undocumented workers their legal rights under the 14th amendment. Who cares about the prisoners being illegally held in Gitmo, the lies behind the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, or illegal wiretapping? Nobody seems to care about any of that, and some clerk has the nerve to tell me that my candidate cannot run for the presidency? The nerve of some people.
So the bean counters and the nit-pickers are going to waste more tax-payer’s money by making us do this the hard way. The “public servant” I spoke to said that we would have to have a Constitutional amendment in order to be able to vote for Paris. I say why bother amending something that everybody only pays selective attention to? Let’s just ignore the Constitution and vote for Paris anyway. After all, if the current POTUS can just ignore the constitution any time he wants, why the hell can’t we?
So vote for Paris Hilton, the Only Change that Matters in Washington.
I think that everybody goes through a Libertarian phase while growing up. This phase tends to begin during college and lasts all the way up to the point where the you actually have to live in the real world, make a real living, and realize that the world around you doesn’t really give a damn. Libertarianism lasts until you have two kids, rent or a mortgage, and your job has been outsourced to Timbuktu. That social safety net starts looking pretty damned good when you have to explain to your landlord why the rent will be late, or your sitting by the phone afraid it is going to be the bank asking about your mortgage payments. To give another example, when Mr. or Ms. Libertarian comes down with cancer and cannot cough up the co-payments for the treatments and feed the kids, then suddenly it looks like the government just might be able to do something better than the private sector after all.
From my limited experience, internet companies tend to be Libertarian. This really makes sense to me. If I were the CEO of an internet company I would certainly foster a Libertarian corporate culture. Could Yahoo have supported their Chinese overlords in the suppression of human rights if Yahoo programmers and technical people had a union that could strike in support of human rights? Would Google be able to discriminate against older workers if there was a union to file a discrimination suit? Now that the major internet companies are outsourcing their jobs to Israel, it’s too late to unionize. All they can do is sit in their foreclosed houses and wait for the sheriff to turn them out in the street. Maybe if they pray in front of a picture of Ron Paul, the great god Market Place will readjust the economy in their favor.
Another thing I have noticed about Libertarians is that they entirely miss the correlation of cause and effect. They remind me of my oldest boy when he was three years old. We would tell him not to touch the stove and he would touch the stove as soon as our backs were turned and then get angry at us because he got burned. Five minutes later he would be trying to touch the stove again to see if it would burn him again. Our oldest grew out of that phase, but I have met Libertarians in their 60s who are still don’t believe that a hot stove will burn them every time they touch it. I am still waiting for them to make the basic correlation between the rise in the cost of food and the persecution of undocumented workers. On the subject of undocumented workers, I cannot believe that a group of people who are so paranoid about “big government” can support a fence across Mexico. I cannot believe that a group of people who are so adamant about the sanctity of property rights would support a wall that illegally cuts through Apache-owned lands, and which disrupts and destroys the Apache’s livelihood. The United States and Homeland Security have no right to build anything across the Apache Reservation. I suppose that sacred property rights only apply to White Anglo Protestants. I can’t wait until the Libertarians figure out that governments only build fences to keep their own citizens in. I can’t wait until the penny drops on that one. I will laugh myself into a hernia when the border guards turn their guns on U.S citizens for trying to follow their outsourced jobs into Mexico. You will be able to tell which U.S citizens are Libertarian, because they will be the ones who charge at the armed guards a second time.
It also never ceases to amaze me the other basic results of cause and effect that Libertarians simply don’t get. In one breath they will berate the FCC and then kvetch about Fox News. I understand that many of them are simply to young to understand that the FCC had prevented obscenities like Fox News before Reagan deregulated it, but I simply cannot believe they have not made the correlation between corporate crime and deregulation. They keep insisting that corporate crime and the Media can be controlled through some mysterious, unseen omniscient force called The Market Place with the same vehemence a Christianoid argues about The Rapture and with just as little evidence.
As a salesman and former Public Relations worker, I often wonder what attracts otherwise intelligent people to a political cause that accomplishes the opposite of their stated goals. Libertarians claim to be in favor of liberty (hence the name) yet their entire philosophy guarantees the opposite. They reject unions and labor laws and then they blame “big government “when they are illegally fired and there is no union to protect them. They claim that business laws and regulations are a waste of tax payer’s money and a threat to their liberty, and they don’t seem to notice that it’s not their mortgage broker who is losing his house. Government deregulation has successfully disempowered everybody and has made us all subject to the whims and fancies of the corporation without any legal recourse, and yet Libertarians continue to place the blame government for their problems and see the solution as continuing to surrender more of their legal rights to the very corporations that are screwing them.
Of course a big part of it is that Libertarians identify with those whom they see as having power. This is the same social force that inspires Bill Cosby to blame his fellow African-Americans for the very bigotry that oppresses them and which made a flaming queen like J. Edgar Hoover to hide in the closet and oppress his fellow homosexuals. It is the basic psychology of the schoolyard; if you stand behind the bully, defend the bully, and do what the bully tells you, and bully those you see as weaker than you, the bully won’t pick on you. This is why Libertarians who claim to support the separation of church and state support a flaming Christianoid like Ron Paul. As Libertarians surrender all their power to the employers and live in constant fear of outsourcing, workplace discrimination and, illegal termination, they pass on their fear and frustration by supporting Ron Paul. Ron Paul would allow discrimination against women by removing the federal protections for abortion. Ron Paul would remove the federal civil rights laws which would allow corporations and the southern states to continue and increase their discrimination against minorities. Libertarians have already supported Bush, Clinton and the rest of the neocons in taking away the social safety net, but Ron Paul would take away what few shreds were left. Ron Paul would end the drug war, the Libertarian would argue. If American society was a schoolyard, Ron Paul would be the bully who beats up the little girl, the black kid, the poor kid, and the disabled kid for their lunch money, and ending the drug war could be seen as Paul giving his schoolyard cronies a nickel of it.
In my opinion, this is why so many internet Libertarians are also trolls. Rather than empower themselves through unionization, political unity against corporate abuse in the economy and the workplace, and aiding others to empower themselves through an intelligent and compassionate social safety net, they take out their abuse on others. Then, when they discover that their victims also have power and legal protections, they cry and scream like elementary schoolers being sent to the principals office. They cry censorship and constitutional violation with the same immaturity as a little kid screaming obscenities in the classroom to see what the teacher would do. I suspect that most Libertarians have deep seated boundary issues, and that would certainly fit into my school bully analogy. Ultimately I think that is the true appeal of the Libertarian party. It appeals to the inner child who still thinks that he can have ice cream for dinner every night when he grows up. Libertarian propaganda stresses the concept that nobody has the right to say no to you no matter how badly your actions inflict the rights of others, and ignores our responsibilities to our fellow person, our children, our grandchildren, our nation, and the world.
So is it any wonder that a rapture believing Christianoid like Ron Paul would become the candidate of choice for internet trolls?